Dove Symbolism in Tarot

Dove Symbolism In Tarot

Dove Symbolism in Tarot

We see dove symbolism in Tarot primarily nesting in the ace of cups card. I like this very much because I know the dove is a symbol of the Holy Grail. Yes, the Holy Grail as depicted in Arthurian legend. In this sense, the dove is symbolic of grace, virtue, and everlasting spiritual life.

Aligned with the watery features of the cup suit in Tarot, the dove takes on a purifying theme. Indeed, dove symbolism is synonymous with: Purity, Clarity, Virginal qualities, Renewal, and even Soulful Salvation.

Furthermore, I appreciate how the dove is a creature of the heavens. Air-affiliated symbols speak to us about the status of the dreaming mind, our innermost thoughts and communicating these stirrings with eloquence.

Doves are also earth-feeders, preferring to stay close to the Mother (Earth). This behavior really jives with a theme of motherhood and also connects with womb-symbolism featured in the suit of cups. After all, the chalice is a miniature version of sacred wells which are markers of sacred wombs of magical Mother Nature.

Dove Symbolism In Tarot
Dove Symbolism In Tarot

Keywords for Dove Symbolism in Tarot

  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Vision
  • Clarity
  • Renewal
  • Message
  • Harmony
  • Inspiration

Doves featured with an equal-armed cross signify an alliance with the cardinal directions. We see this symbolic positioning in traditional Tarot decks in the ace of cups (you can see it here in the Rider-Waite rendition). In this respect, the dove is symbolic of balance, moderation and culminating natural resources for the purpose of becoming whole – joining energies for spiritual unification.

Of course, dove symbolism in Tarot (and otherwise) deals with love, hope, promise, devotion, and spiritual ascension. It’s why the dove is featured so prominently with spiritual avatars like…

Spiritual Figures Associated with the Dove

  • Mother Mary
  • Ishtar
  • Aphrodite
  • Zeus
  • Venus
  • Inanna
  • Hachiman
  • Buddha
  • Christ

If you want more information on dove meanings outside the realm of Tarot, I’ve written quite a bit about the topic here: Dove Symbolism on

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas about dove symbolism in the Tarot.

Start some psychic nesting with the dove via the cards. Here are the two prime cards (Rider-Waite) that feature the dove :

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